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Government cash for Hertfordshire Boat Rescue

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Hertfordshire Boat Rescue is one of the East of England teams to benefit from £1m in Government funding to buy life-saving equipment.

The county’s service has been given £32,173.50 for two drysuits and £118 for wading poles.

The successful bid was confirmed on Sunday (December 23) when the Department for Transport revealed the 57 recipients of the latest round of the Rescue Boat Grant Fund.

The scheme was launched in 2014 to provide £5m over five years to independent search and rescue teams working on inland waterways.

Maritime minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Our rescue boat teams are the unsung heroes of the UK’s waterways. Their commitment and skill keep people safe on and around our rivers, lakes and inshore areas.

“Lives have been saved as a result of this scheme and our additional funding will ensure that these tireless volunteers and charities can buy the craft, equipment and other resources they need to provide vital round-the-clock services."

The bids for the latest round of funding were considered by an expert panel, chaired by officials and including representatives of DEFRA and the devolved administrations as well as expert advisers from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Royal Yachting Association.

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